COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - James Jackson

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:00:20): I congratulate James Jackson on his unopposed re‑election to the position of president of NSW Farmers for a third term, and I reflect on the organisation's achievements during his tenure.


James is a trained veterinarian who has been a Guyra district farmer since 1983 and an active member of NSW Farmers for more than 20 years. His time at the helm of NSW Farmers has been fraught, with drought, bushfires, floods and now COVID-19. In the face of each and every challenge, James has championed the rights of our farmers and rural communities, ensured that members remained connected and that policy continued to be driven from the grassroots up.


This year, as the association entered its third century of operation, coronavirus thrust it headlong into the virtual world. Once again, NSW Farmers rose to the challenge. As shadow primary industries Minister, I greatly value the association's continued ability to identify issues affecting farmers.


I thank James, his board and members of NSW Farmers for working with me to advocate for better outcomes for those who work in agriculture.